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Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash

Garlic Shrimp with Cilantro Spaghetti Squash

Garlicky shrimp are served on top of buttery, cilantro-flecked spaghetti squash in this quick dinner recipe inspired by shrimp scampi. Pair with a side of sautéed greens, such as kale, collards or spinach.


4 servings

Prep Time

25 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


  • 1spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
  • 1pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp (16-20 per pound), tails left on if desired
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4teaspoon ground pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, coriander, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add wine and bring to a simmer. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  3. Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into a medium bowl. Add cilantro, butter, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to combine. Serve the shrimp over the spaghetti squash with a lemon wedge on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings)

Calories 266kcal
Carbohydrate Total 10g
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 2g
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 5g
Mono Saturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 198mg
Sodium 450mg
Protein 24g
Potassium 473mg
Calcium 112mg
Folate 11mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin B12 1mcg
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 2mg
Vitamin B3 1mg

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